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  • Is Change Bad?

    Posted on June 18th, 2016 Scott 2 comments

    In 2000, I got off a bicycle going about 30 mph. It wasn't fun. I broke my collarbone, scapula and had a major concussion. I was also scared shitless to race a bicycle. It was a bad period in my life. I countered it with 2 things…. buying a motorcycle and announcing at bicycle races.

    When I moved to Georgia, I picked up where I left off in Colorado with my announcing. Since 2007 – I've announced every major event at the Dick Lane Velodrome. It looks like my streak will end on 7/9/2016.

    With my knowledge of track racing and my officials license, I'm actually qualified to officiate. The velodrome has asked me to hand over the mic and put on the blue shirt. I've asked to officiate from my motorcycle – as that is my preference – but that really makes no sense (I'm just kidding, I didn't ask … it was a lame attempt at humor).

    I'm not gonna lie. When I walk up to the #DLV that weekend, it will be weird. Now, my wacko commentary and silly comments will probably only be heard by 1-2 people. Rather than being the guy that can kid with the riders and goof off – I have to make the calls. I'm honestly not sure I like this, but I love track racing (I love bike racing) and at this point in my life – this is my "job".

    I'm sorry #FreightTrain #BingBong #SkinnyChad #DoubleBarrell – you're going to have to find somebody else to prolong your legacy.

    Thanks for the opportunity! Both to announce and now to do something new!

    #blogit
    

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    Back for 2016 is Dick Lane Velodrome’s Pro Race Series(PRS). These events will continue the PRS tradition, bringing to the fore-front the best of the best riders that the US has to offer. They’ll be pushing the envelope of speed and danger in both hard charging sprint events and grueling …

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  • Things I learned officiating this weekend:

    Posted on May 15th, 2016 Scott 10 comments

    + Electric jackets take up the same amount of space as fleece jackets – and are warmer.
    + It's cold in Tennessee in May.
    + Scoring a time trial and having accurate, on-time results is tedious, but with a good system – its efficient.
    + The average bike racer has NO idea what goes into scoring any event.
    + Masters 35+ criteriums can be officiated on cruise control … speed – FAST
    + Junior parents don't know the rules
    + Garmin bicycle computers apparently make you faster than stop watches (multiple stop watches)
    + Tennessee bike racers are generally very well behaved

    Great weekend, great mentoring – I actually learned a ton about officiating!

    #blogit

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  • All good things must come to an end

    Posted on May 3rd, 2016 Scott No comments

    When I bought my first motorcycle – my dad was pretty excited, I think. He sent me a bunch of random stuff a new motorcyclist should probably have. One of the things he sent me…. a pair of gloves. Olympia perforated leather gloves. (Keep in mind, this was in 2001).

    I rode those gloves (unless it was very cold) for the duration of my ownership of that motorcycle. I LOVE those gloves. When I got my new bike last year, I dug out the gloves and wore them most of the summer. (I got some other gloves that are better when its not quite as hot).

    Imagine my sadness when I looked down and saw this…

    Now – the quest for new gloves (I like) begins. Something with a little more protection might be good.

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    All good things must come to an end

    When I bought my first motorcycle – my dad was pretty excited, I think. He sent me a bunch of random stuff a new motorcyclist should probably have. One of the things he sent me…. a pair of gloves. Olympia perforated leather gloves. (Keep in mind, this was in 2001).

    I rode those gloves (unless it was very cold) for the duration of my ownership of that motorcycle. I LOVE those gloves. When I got my new bike

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  • Where did 200 miles take me?

    Posted on April 30th, 2016 Scott 1 comment

    When you do a YSC Tour de Pink – one of the many slogans you hear/see is "Where will 200 miles take you?"  The list of places is long … internal and external… it will most DEFINITELY touch your heart.  Having said that – it took me to a bizarre (but friendly) place!

    During my fund raising – I decided to go door to door to solicit contributions.  On my way to earning over $3000 I met many of my neighbors that I had never even spoken to.  That was nice.  I gave them a flyer with my name, email and phone number.  The neighborhood contributed over $500!  Very cool.

    Yesterday, I was driving to the track when my phone rang.  I answered it and t was one of my neighbors.  She remembered that I could fix bicycles and stuff – so she was wondering if I could help her…. fix her oven.  (Of course….)   

    As it turns out, she just needed to have the heating element changed – which is truly and easy job.  

    So yes… 200 miles took me to having my head in the oven… but where exactly was that – it was me, a technically and physically able human helping somebody who needed just a little help.  While the effort (about 5 minutes) was TRULY trivial to me – it meant a TON to my neighbor.  

    That is what the Tour de Pink is to me.  Helping people – people I don't know.  Your donations to my fund raising help me help others.  Each and every dollar I raised for the YSC was important to me, but far more important to an organization helping people!  

    What can you (or we) do today to help somebody?  Remember – what may be small to you may be HUGE to somebody else!

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  • When Websites Lie – they lose my business

    Posted on April 12th, 2016 Scott No comments

    So – I needed a bag for my motorcycle – one that could keep my crap good and dry in a rainstorm – on a trip.  Dad recommended one – I found it for $105 on amazon – but I also found bike bag shop that sold it for $104.99.  Not much of a savings – but they offer an $11 coupon if I simply post their product on my Facebook and/or twitter.  Sure… sounds great.  

    Here is the horse-pucky …. If I buy that bag for $104.99 – I get free shipping.  

    If I use the secret code – I get the bag for $93.99 + $10 shipping. 

    Now … the complete tomfoolery – if I just want the FedEx folks to drop it on my very safe porch I have to pay $3 to get them to check waive signature?   #bullshit  – yeah, I said it.

    Amazon – $105 – free
    Them: $104.99 + $3 
    Them: $93.99 + $10 + 3

    You insult my by offering a great deal that isn't…. Amazon may be the online Walmart, but I used smile.amazon.com and sent some money to charity, not asshattery. 

    BTW… creative folks can find the business by "reading between the lines" and/or eliminating spaces + .com…

    #peaceout  
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  • Sometimes I am SO smart

    Posted on March 18th, 2016 Scott No comments

    About a week or so ago, I wanted a new way to integrate my G+, FB, Twitter and Blog. I researched it an the guy who wrote the Google+ sharing software I use wrote a new version. Wow, great… let me install. Okay, it works ALMOST as good as the old one – and for just $19.95 I can make it work the way I want it to… but I dont want to spend $20 on my blog, I mean only like 2 people look at it and one of them is ME! It would be so nice….

    Well, after a week or dorking and TRYING to make it work I got annoyed and was on the CUSP of paying $20 and then I said … dude…. the old one works exactly like you want it to, why not go back?

    Yeah, it took my brain a week to figure out NOT to fix something that WASN'T broken.

    #sosmart
    #firstworldproblems
    #blogit
    

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  • Credit where Credit is DUE!

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 Scott No comments

    When riding a motorcycle, you need to wear boots for protections.   Your feet are hanging down and out in the open, so a good pair of boots is critical.  You also, on occasion get caught in the rain and keeping your little piggies dry is quite important.  Having feet that are really weird shaped makes buying boots tricky.  I needed some boots and found the "Velocitor Waterproof".  Great, lets try them.  

    I loved these boots!  $150, waterproof and ULTRA comfortable.  I don't find that often.  A string of events brought me to the the Bates website.  I read the reviews of my favorite boots, but they weren't good reviews.  I was actually – oddly – sad.  But my boots were good… until about two weeks ago.  I found the sole ripping.  Well, for every bad review – there was a reply "Please call our toll free number and see if we can help."  Well, rather than post, wait for them to reply, I just called!

    I was greeted by and "on-shore" employee who was extremely helpful.  (Please note – the easy to speak to on-shore employees added great value to this process!) We worked out a plan to get me some moderately upgraded boots and get them quickly.  SWEET!  

    Unfortunately, the pair that I picked had a composite toe – something I just don't need and that makes my hard to fit feet very uncomfortable.  Crap – what have I done?!?!

    I contacted Bates – again and they were a little reluctant as re-returns goes against their policy, but they did issue me a new RA and about 3 days later, my new boots arrived!  The new ones are Gore-Tex lined and seem like a MUCH better boot – AND …. They fit GREAT!

    Thanks to the support folks at Bates Footwear.  It's great to have good support – something that seems to be going away in this day and age!

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  • Quick Wash – yeah right

    Posted on March 8th, 2016 Scott No comments

    So my motorcycle really was dirty so I decided to give it a quick wash.  So warm, so nice – let's do this!  Well, I did wash the whole bike and she looks really good – but I noticed something.  My exhaust seemed 'loose'.  I take a look and realize the joint between my "slip-on" and the bike is loose.  I try to snug it up and break the bolt.  So much for a quick wash, eh?

    I head over to AutoZone see what I can patch the bike together with.  I then think … Hey, maybe MSP is still open.  They are.  Awesome – maybe the MOTORCYCLE shop has MOTORCYCLE parts.  

    I show him my broken pipe clamp and say "do you have something like this".  He says nothing … walks out, walks back in and says "This is like that".  Hands me a "gently used" part.  He says "you can have it".  Wow… cool!  

    I need some advice on making it a bit tighter…. fancy asbestos tape? silicone? Nah – he says go have a beer and use the can to shim it out!  Well, not being a drinker – I grabbed a can of diet coke on the way home and my motorcycle is better than when I started!  

    I love that shop – great prices! INCREDIBLE service, willing to help and not try to get rich of something small like this!  If you are in the #ATL  – you should DEFINITELY check them out!

    #blogit

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    Welcome to MSP Cycle! We are the only full service shop I.T.P. (Inside the Perimeter) run by professionals with over 60 years combined experience in the motorcycle industry and are ready to handle all of your maintenance and tuning needs. High performance sportbike setup is our specialty but we …

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  • Completely awesome! 

    Posted on March 8th, 2016 Scott No comments

    #blogit  

    Reshared post from +Old School 4 Life™

    On this day:
    At 8th March of 1993, MTV airs the first episode of the animated series "Beavis and Butt-Head", which will go on to become the network’s highest-rated series up to that point. "Beavis and Butt-Head" is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from "Frog Baseball", a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television. After seeing the short, MTV signed Judge to develop the concept. The series first ran from March 8, 1993 to November 28, 1997. In 1996, the series was adapted into the animated feature film "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America". It was revived in 2011 and new episodes began airing on MTV from October 27 to December 29, 2011. Later, reruns aired on other Viacom properties, including MTV2, Comedy Central and UPN. The show captured the attention of many young television viewers in the United States and abroad and is often considered a classic piece of 1990s youth culture and Generation X.

    For those who had better things to do in the 90's, 'Beavis and Butt-Head' was an MTV cartoon in which two apparently idiotic and certainly offensive teenagers sat on their sofa watching and making sarcastic observations about music videos. They also had short adventures of their own in between clips, usually involving them trying, and miserably failing, to “score” with girls. For new-school cartoon fans, the show was the creation of Mike Judge, who later went on to create the wildly popular animated series 'King of the Hill.'

    Viewers back then never quite figured out whether Mike Judge’s cartoon was genuine subversive social criticism, or just the height of juvenile delinquency. With hindsight, it was probably both – no show provided more mindlessly amusing late-night TV for sleep-deprived Generation X teens, but it was also rather good at pointing out the most ridiculous parts of youth culture. Beavis and Butt-head was the most controversial cartoon when it came out. The vulgarity, the language, the lack of taste. However, it was always smart. A lot of the humor was very clever, even though it was in a context which did not agree with some viewers. 

    The show centers on two socially incompetent, rock-loving teenage wannabe delinquents, Beavis and Butt-Head (both voiced by Judge), who live in the fictional town of Highland, Texas (or possibly New Mexico). They have no apparent adult supervision at home, and are dim-witted, under-educated and barely literate, and both lack any empathy or moral scruples, even regarding each other. Their most common shared activity is watching music videos, which they tend to judge by deeming them "cool," or by exclaiming, "This sucks!" (the latter is sometimes followed by the demand, "Change it!"). 

    They also apply these judgments to other things that they encounter, and will usually deem something "cool" if it is associated with violence, sex, or the macabre. Despite having no experience with women, their other signature traits are a shared obsession with sex, and their tendency to chuckle and giggle whenever they hear words or phrases that can even remotely be interpreted as sexual or scatological.

    Beavis and Butt-Head are in ninth grade at Highland High School. Their stupidity leads to a demotion all the way down to kindergarten in the episode "Held Back," but they soon prove to be such an annoyance that the elementary school principal quickly re-promotes them back to Highland High. Each episode features frequent interstitial scenes in which they critique music videos using commentary improvised by Judge. The remainder of the episode depicts the duo embarking on some kind of scheme or adventure. 

    Their teachers at Highland High are often at a loss as to how to deal with them, and in many episodes they skip school altogether. Their actions sometimes result in serious consequences, but often for others, for which they themselves show no remorse whatsoever. Although they wreak havoc and destroy all that is good, Beavis and Butt-Head endure as good people (in some sense) because they are completely confident in themselves, they do not really have bad feelings towards anyone.

    The TV show accurately and cleverly portrays how the idiocy of the title characters does not fall short in this world. In the 1990s Beavis and Butt-Head in particular stood out in that regard. Ironically, in the 1990s a number of parents blamed Beavis and Butt-Head for the misbehavior of their children, totally failing to understand the point of the show, which is not for kids but shows what two kids do these days. It's like basing two teenage characters on two general modern teenagers and saying "this is how your kids are" to parents and a number of them respond by saying "no that's who my kids are imitating". 

    The joke is on them but they are oblivious to it and that is the real power of Beavis and Butt-Head. You would almost want to be in their situation because of how the world has become. Being plain stupid is more than enough to "outsmart" people these days – as Beavis and Butt-Head accurately prove time after time. That makes it so easy to "identify" with Beavis and Butt-Head. Yet, at the same time, unlike movies and TV shows in general, Beavis and Butt-Head (the TV show) does not condone violence, drugs or anything like that. It's amazing how a "potty" humor show about two unintelligent teenagers is more intelligent and witty than most "serious" TV shows.

    There was a wide variety of unique characters in the show, such as their arrogant and overly strict gym teacher who wants to always get them in trouble, their hippie teacher who always tries to teach them about work, their elderly neighbor Tom Anderson who always has his vacations ruined by Beavis and Butt-head, their younger neighbor Stewart who always tries to hang out with them, and a student in their class named Darrea (huh huh, Diarrea). Darrea also had her own spin off show that was released during the year this show was canceled.

    From 1994 to 1996, Marvel Comics published a monthly 'Beavis and Butt-Head' comic under the Marvel Absurd imprint by a variety of writers, but with each issue drawn by artist Rick Parker. It was also reprinted by Marvel UK, which created new editorial material. The letters page was answered by Beavis and Butt-Head or one of their supporting characters. Instead of reviewing music videos, they reviewed (custom-made) pages from other Marvel Comics. In their review of a 'Ghost Rider' comic, Beavis tries to avoid using the word "fire" to describe the character's fiery skull.

    In 1996, a full-length movie featuring the duo titled 'Beavis and Butt-Head Do America' was released in theaters. The movie features the voices of Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman, Robert Stack, Eric Bogosian, Richard Linklater, Greg Kinnear (in an uncredited role), and David Letterman (credited as Earl Hofert). The film earned over $60 million at the domestic box office, a strong return for a film that cost only $12 million to produce.

    The end of 'Beavis and Butt-Head' was like the end of a cultural era. Grunge and those early 90's fads were dying out, to make way for the crass commercialism and ultra materialism of the youth generations that would follow, essentially helping to wipe out not only what made music culture great, but also what made MTV great. 'Beavis and Butt-Head' was part of that cool past of part of a totally idiotic, carefree culture.

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    #AnimatedSitcom   #Sitcom   #Comedy
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  • Tale of a different ride

    Posted on March 6th, 2016 Scott No comments

    A couple weeks ago, I posted about a bad ride that led to my brain falling apart and me eating cookies … yeah, I know, cutting edge journalism!  I owe you all a basic follow up. 

    Yesterday – my Tour de Pink training led me back to the Silver Comet.  I needed a longer time in the saddle and the flatness of the Comet make it a great place to go.  I wanted to do 40 – so this would be the same ride as the cookie ride.  That was kind of in the back of my head, but getting done so I could go for a motorcycle ride was also.  

    On the way out – I felt good.  Its kind of boring out there, but yesterday I saw a dude that had crashed waiting for an ambulance, a motorcycle (police), an ambulance, a car (Sheriff) and two people wearing strange outfits – including swords and shields.  Yeah, different.  

    At about the mile point, I thought "Wow, I haven't been passed yet – today".  Thirty seconds later – a scrappy woman on a tri-geek bike blew past me…. I laughed!  

    Anyway – at the turn around, I chilled for a second, stole some food from a guy (Thanks, free food guy) and headed back.  Just after the turn around, a safe looking guy passed me so I jumped on his wheel.  For about 7 miles, I was a professional wheel suck – but I enjoyed going fast.  It was kind of like the old Scott showed up.  (It's slightly downhill most of the way – and on a wheel, I'm hard to lose).  We went through a few puddles here and there and I felt the spray of water on me legs and face… it was good.

    Well, it's really hard to write compelling content about a boring ride – so I'm just going wrap it up with this.  I finished the same ride, over 10 minutes faster (1 mph or something).  I got a few Comet PRs (Oh … the excitement) and felt good after the ride.  Much better than last time!

    Remember – I was eager to get back and go on a motorcycle ride…. well, I got home and took a hot shower and my MC dream ended.  I felt an overwhelming urge to go to sleep… and I did, and it was good!  

    Yeah – that's a much better ride!

    #blogit  

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